Sunderland boss seeks common sense over fixture format

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet.
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet.
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GUS POYET believes the Premier League needs to have a second look at their fixture scheduling to avoid a lopsided perspective to the table.

Sunderland host Liverpool on Saturday just 36 days after drawing with Brendan Rodgers’ side at Anfield, with the gap even shorter between this season’s fixtures against Manchester City – only 30 days separating last week’s defeat at the Etihad to the reverse fixture at the Stadium of Light.

Black Cats boss Poyet believes the random order of games can make a team’s position look worse than it actually is, and subsequently dint the confidence of players and supporters.

He wants the fixture planners to fall in line with the schedule on the Continent, when games follow the same order in the second half of the season, as they do in the first half.

Poyet told the Echo: “When you think that we had Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool in one week, and then four weeks later we played Man City and Liverpool again.

“It’s not normal, I’m sorry.

“The Premier League need to realise that.

“It doesn’t show the reality of the position in the league, because if you go through that period and you get beaten by the top teams and then in a few weeks you play them again and get beaten again, you are on a terrible run.

“The Premier League doesn’t do things the right way.

“The right way is to play 19 games, then you play the second 19 games in the same order.

“That’s common-sense. Why don’t we do that? I don’t know.

“It works that way everywhere else – in Spain, in South America, everywhere.

“So if you play at home the first game of the season against Real Madrid, your first game of the second round will be away at Real Madrid.

“When you play Real Madrid, you don’t play them again for another 19 games – not Real Madrid now, and then again in two or three weeks!”